Ahmedabad Design Week 2.0
For the second year in a row, Cumulus was honored to participate in the 2021 virtual edition of Ahmedabad Design Week (ADW), a non-commercial design festival event which is annually curated by Cumulus member Unitedworld Institute of Design, Karnavati University, with the purpose of networking and knowledge exchange between designers. This second edition, coordinated by Col Surojit Bose, Chair and KU Global Director, was centered on the theme ‘Toy’ing with Design’ inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of making India a global ‘Toy Hub.’ Cumulus was represented in the February 5 Industry Town Hall in a panel presided by India’s Goverment Secretary of the Department for Promotion and Industry and Internal Trade, and the Principal Secretary of Higher and Technical Education of the Government of Gujarat.
The session included the participation of Cumulus SG Eija Salmi and sister organization presidents and peers from WDO, IxDa, IcoD, the Association of Designers of India (ADI) and former NID Director Pradyumna Vyas. Cumulus President Mariana Amatullo lectured on the role of design education and play as a social innovation imperative and shared case studies of award-winning work from students in our Cumulus institutions. The success of the event has generated already a follow-up session that is supported by the Government of India Ministry of Textiles and is scheduled for March 1st.